EKU, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame team up to keep kids in school
Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame are coming together to help reduce the high school dropout rate in the region. The program they are working on is called "Stars Over Appalachia," and the goal is to get celebrities from all entertainment genres to adopt particular schools and then work with their administrators and teachers to find ways to keep students enrolled.
EKU's Paula Wilder, who is one of seven EKU staff members who give support to local school systems, said she is working with the executive director of the Hall of Fame to get the program off the ground. Most of the celebrities being sought grew up in the region or live there now.
The Kentucky Country Music Hall of Fame is nearby, about 30 miles from Richmond in Renfro Valley.